an actress and founder member of Zambia Popular Theatre Alliance (ZAPOTA), artistic director at Kamoto Community Arts; chairperson of NAZIZWA an interdisciplinary festival of women artists. Eight footage tracks and 2 clips; 26 Nov 2012 (19:42).
This brief interview with the actress, theatre director and educator Mary Manzole was recorded in Mary's car, while busy rehearsals with 260 young artists were ongoing in the old Independence Stadium in Lusaka for the Zone 6 Youth Sports Games. Mary describes for the listeners in detail how theatre responds to the needs of a community and how dramatic re-enactments can function in the process of community development. Next to her career as an artist, Mary has work in education for many years, until she decided to dedicate all her energy and resources to the arts and to training young people. She traces for us her own way in to the arts and education and her more recent theatre work with women to support women in the arts, both national and internationally. Mary is a co-founder member of Kamoto Community Arts (1990), of the national executive for popular theatre ZAPOTA, and the arts consultancy group Berecho.
You can also listen to a soundscape recording of ZAPOTA's rehearsal here: http://archive.org/details/Voices_from_Lusaka_893 and to an interview with Tasila Phiri, dancer, choreographer and trainer member of both Kamoto and ZAPOTA, here: http://archive.org/details/Voices_from_Lusaka_442
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